Runners take hills and mud in their stride

RUNNERS raised more than £1,500 by taking part in the third Sowerby Scorcher.

The 10k multi-terrain race wound its way around the village of Sowerby.

The route includes road and off-road terrain and the runners tackled steep hills, mud and had to climb over stiles to make it back across the finish line.

The 131 runners set off from St Peter’s Church, Sowerby, which was also the end point.

The circular route follows the same lanes, bridleways and footpaths over the hills and moors of Sowerby as before, with panoramic views over beautiful Pennine hills.

Money raised will further the work of St Peter’s in the community.

It was the third time the race has taken place and runners came from across the country to take part.

The top three men were Ben Crowther, Christian Holmes and Stuart Edmondon, who finished just seconds apart.

The first woman across the line was Margaret Beever, who finished in 44.35 minutes, followed by Angela Jordan and Marisol Carrera-Viva.

The prizes, including a race memento and slate coaster, were handed out by Coun Robert Thornber (Con, Ryburn).